Nick Taylor, 36, grew up roaming all over Oregon. “My dad works for Oregon State Parks,” he says. When Taylor was in the eighth grade and living in Newport, his dad got a promotion and had his pick between Tillamook and Baker City. “As an eighth grader, I was into sports so I checked into their school mascots,” he says. It came down to the Baker City Bulldogs versus the Tillamook Cheesemakers. “We went Bulldogs.”
In college, Taylor “went to be a teacher, but decided I didn’t like kids enough to be a teacher, so I went to law school.” That’s the short version of the story. The longer version: Taylor liked academics and sports so it made sense to go into teaching and coaching. But after a practicum with high school kids, he thought, “there’s no way I could do this the rest of my life.”
He took the LSAT on the fly after thinking about a constitutional law class he’d enjoyed, and “got a good enough score to go to law school.” He says he chose being a transactional attorney over litigating because “there’s a thing I like called solving problems – fixing problems and making everyone happy. It’s not that far from being a teacher,” he says.
In living choices, Taylor chose Boise, he says, because it’s “big enough to do corporate law and small enough to feel like ‘my town.’”
Taylor worked at Hawley Troxell 2006 to 2012, at Perkins Coie 2012 to 2013, back at Hawley Troxell from 2013 to 2015, and since April 2015 he’s hung his hat at Stoel Rives. He jokes that the reason it’s taken so long to get this award is “they haven’t been able to track me down.”
Over the course of his career so far, Taylor has led the closing of several significant transactions, including a $400 million debt financing of a wind turbine energy project, a $65 million carve-out acquisition of an internet technology business in Silicon Valley, a $15 million merger and reorganization of U.S. and foreign technology corporations, and more than $2 billion in other asset, stock, senior debt, and mezzanine financing transactions.
In addition, he has served as outside corporate counsel and business advisor to start-up companies, serial entrepreneurs and investors, and venture capital and private equity companies. “I also regularly consult regarding Idaho liquor and beer and wine issues.”
Taylor says while he is committed to his career, his devotion is to his family, community and the University of Oregon. “I’m a die-hard Duck,” he says. “My wife and I met over Duck games and we now run the University of Oregon Alumni Association chapter for Idaho.”
In addition, Taylor is actively involved with the Boise Young Professionals and the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce. He is “greatly influenced” by the quote attributed to Buddha: “In the end only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
He says, “I want to work as hard as I can to be a good father and husband, friend, community member, colleague, and lawyer and along the way, I want to do that work gently and gracefully. I would like to become a partner at my current firm and eventually the head of the corporate group for the Boise office. Local businesses, both large and small, will know me as a trusted business advisor and successful, reliable corporate attorney.”
Taylor loves watching movies – Rear Window is his favorite – “I’m a Hitchcock fan,” he says. His favorite movie line is: “I think we’re gonna need a bigger boat.” When he’s not working he is usually with his family: his wife Julie Diebenow and daughter Abigail, 7.
And in his crystal ball? “I would like to live in the foothills of Boise with my wife and our dog and write letters in the mail to my daughter, who will become a strong, independent, and spirited veterinarian somewhere nearby – but not too close. I’ll still attend Duck games, but will have learned not to squirm every time someone says ‘Boise State’ or ‘Broncos.’
“At the end of my life I will have been measured by how much I helped the people and community I care about.”
Most memorable airplane trip: “Flying to Hawaii last year to get married.”